Gilbert Melendez is a top-10 UFC lightweight champion, and he recently competed against Eddie Alvarez in the co-main event of UFC 188. Alvarez vs Melendez was a good battle, but I believe the judges messed up the outcome of the fight. For those of you that missed it, Eddie Alvarez was awarded a split decision victory, but many people thought that Gilbert Melendez clearly won the fight. Nonetheless, it seems that Gilbert Melendez is ready to compete inside of the Octagon once more.
It was recently announced on Yahoo! Sports that Gilbert Melendez will be stepping in for Bobby green in the co-main event of UFC: San Diego. According to Paul Mathieson, Bobby Green was scheduled to face Al Iaquinta, but an injury forced Green to withdraw from the bout, but Gilbert Melendez quickly offered his services against Al. Thankfully, the UFC: San Diego card has been saved, but it is a very tough matchup for both fighters.
Al Iaquinta is a very dangerous up-and-coming fighter, and Gilbert Melendez is a dangerous veteran. The matchup should produce fireworks, and I definitely expect a finish in this fight. However, picking a winner is quite difficult, but I would lean towards Gilbert Melendez for the win.